The zipper is a fun and refreshing cocktail that is incredibly easy to mix up. It is, quite simply, a sparkling drink of vodka and Chambord and it's a true delight for any occasion. As a bonus, you may even have all three ingredients needed right there in your bar.
The recipe may simple, yet the taste is amazing. The sweet raspberry liqueur backed up by a punch of vodka is the perfect background for a little sparkle. It's one that you'll fall for on the first sip and it may even become a new favorite for happy hour.
Not only is the zipper delicious when poured according to the recipe, but it is a great foundation for a few enhancements. You can also turn it into a tall drink for an even more refreshing beverage.
Gather the ingredients.
Garnish with berries and mint.
Serve and enjoy!
It's easy to make this drink taller or by the pitcher: Just add more soda to taste. For a large batch, keep the vodka and Chambord at equal pours, then add about four or five times that amount of soda. Add ice to individual glasses, and pour the mix over top.
- Choose a flavored vodka over a clear one. Pour complementary flavors for the raspberry such as citrus, peach, vanilla, or any of your favorite berry vodkas.
- Give the zipper a little pizzazz when fresh berries are in season by muddling a few in the bottom of the glass before pouring the liquors. Raspberries are a natural fit because Chambord is a black raspberry liqueur, but other berries will work as well.
- A mint garnish and a squeeze of fresh lime juice add a subtle spark to the cocktail. If you're muddling berries, go ahead and add some mint at that time to get even more of the herb's essence.
- Switch to sparkling wine as a substitute for the soda. If the wine is a brut, the drink will be slightly dry, which is offset by the sweet Chambord. Even a sec or demi-sec wine will not be as sweet as the soda, and all are very nice options.
How Strong Is the Zipper?
The zipper is a relatively gentle drink and its strength can be adjusted by the amount of soda you pour. When made with 80-proof vodka and 1 ounce of soda, the alcohol content is around 16 percent ABV (32 proof). If you pour 5 ounces of soda to fill a tall glass, you'll knock it down to a mild 7 percent ABV (14 proof).